Why the Long Face? Alfa Romeo See the Funny Side to Kimi Raikkonen’s Imola Heartbreak

Published 04/19/2021, 6:02 PM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Kimi Raikkonen speaks on stage at the Richard Mille – RM 50-04 Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for Richard Mille)


When Kimi Raikkonen crossed the checkered flag in Imola, it must have been a joyous occasion for the team. After all, it’s not very often that they record a points finish with the Finn in ninth place, bagging two points in Imola.

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However, the FIA took the smile off their faces when they handed him a 30-second penalty. He was out of the top-10, and the Alpine pair of Ocon and Alonso took ninth and tenth, respectively. It was heartbreak for him; however, they still see the funny side of it.

Kimi Raikkonen, while relaxing at his home on Monday, posted a funny picture on his Instagram Stories. And very soon, Alfa Romeo‘s social media admin took action. They made a mockery of the points haul, or the lack thereof, that they recorded in Imola.

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Lack of clarification from the FIA caused the penalty for Kimi Raikkonen

Raikkonen’s penalty did not delight the Alfa Romeo Racing team. During the re-start on Lap 34, Kimi Raikkonen spun during the formation lap as he was trying to unlap himself and bring himself level with the rest of the grid. Subsequently, he fell behind Lewis Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda.

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Contrary to Sergio Perez, who was handed a penalty for overtaking under the safety car period, Raikkonen was bound by the rules to overtake the positions he lost during the formation lap. However, he failed to do so before the race went underway in a rolling restart.

The team wasn’t aware if Kimi could regain the positions, and they thus contacted FIA race director, Michael Masi. However, his response came too late for them to follow the correct protocol.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo talks in the Drivers Press Conference ahead. F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“There was a bit of a question mark between whether it was a formation lap or whether we were behind the Safety Car and then we had some confusion,” said Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar.

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“We asked for clarification from the FIA. While we were waiting for the clarification and were waiting to stand by, we got our answer too late so we stayed in the position we were. After that, the result was we had the penalty.”

One can not help but feel for the Iceman. Hopefully, he can redeem himself later in the season.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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